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24.09.2014

“On the eve of the SCO summit, Tajikistan with special attention expected whether Karimov comes himself or sends a replacement. The meeting of the two leaders, held in a constructive manner, did not raise the fog of uncertainty in bilateral relations, however it arisen hope that the dialogue between countries started. Perhaps this will lead to a decrease in tensions between Tashkent and Dushanbe”, – Director of the private research and educational center Bilim Karvon (Caravan of knowledge) Farhad Tolipov.

     

16.09.2014

“In the West, a ceasefire agreement for the east of Ukraine was taken skeptically. The issue of a new round of sanctions against Russia was not removed from the agenda. The comments from Washington and Brussels come down to doubts on whether the agreement would work or not. However, there are no other circumspect ways to resolve the crisis yet. The coming days will show if the Minsk agreement passes the test of time”, - Director General of the Russian Council for Foreign Affairs Andrey Kortunov.

09.09.2014

“This is the moment when the EU will regret that in spite of business logic to support the building of the Nabucco pipeline it did not go for it.  This regret may be shared by countries that could have supplied Nabucco and now face a near monopolistic poisition of some other partners, like Turkmenistan with respect of China. Other major exporters (like Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan) have also given up on their hope to rely on supply in the western direction and diversified their export between the North (Russia) and the East”, – Director of OSCE Academy in Bishkek Pál Dunay.

19.08.2014

“EU states may be able to supply Ukraine by gas from the west. Alexei Miller, the CEO of Gazprom, only once said that if this happens his company would go to court. The fact he never repeated it again, indicate that the legal ground of say Slovakia, Hungary or Poland selling gas to Naftogaz most probably does not violate the contract between Gazprom and the gas companies of those Central European states. However, it is a problem that this will not cover the need of Ukraine as of late autumn or winter”, – Director of OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Pál Dunay

12.08.2014

“The new government of India took steps to normalize relations with some of the neighboring countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi successfully visited Nepal and Bhutan, Foreign Minister of India visited Bangladesh. Those actions had a very positive impact on regional security. However, I hope that the strengthening of cooperation with India’s neighbors will not remain on paper and will be implemented in practice”, – Vice President, Observer Research Foundation Nandan Unnikrishnan. 

22.07.2014

“The latest events related to the destruction of civil airliner of Malaysian airlines in Ukraine even more seriously aggravate and deepen instability and had a direct impact on the global atmosphere of security. It is difficult to predict how events will unfold after the situation around shot down airliner. Most likely the blame for the incident would lay on the separatists in the eastern Ukraine. As Moscow supports them, for Russia - this situation will be accompanied by high emotional background”, - Member of the Royal Institute of International Relations, journalist Konstantin von Eggert.

15.07.2014

“Another important trend that should be taken into account when talking about Eurasian integration is the inevitability of power transition and the rise of a new generation of leaders in countries that participate in the integration processes in the post-Soviet space. It is difficult to predict how smoothly and painlessly this period of transition will pass. This is a serious issue to overcome”, – Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, Andrey Kortunov.

08.07.2014

“The new detente between the governments of India and Pakistan has been positive. The attacks by the Pakistani Taliban and the counteroffensive by the Pakistani armed forces may mean a reduction in the gap between Indian and Pakistani threat perceptions with regards to Afghanistan after the US withdrawal. This may make a joint approach feasible”, – former Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Colombo, Amb. Dayan Jayatilleka.

01.07.2014

“Today we are seeing the disintegration of Iraq as a state, and this has a terrible effect on the security climate of the Middle East. We now face the very real prospect that radical Sunni Islamist militias are going to be in control of large swathes of territory in Iraq as well as in Syria – the heart of the Middle East – and territory in proximity to the border with Europe. This is going to pose a security threat not only to countries in the region like Turkey, but potentially to European countries as well”, - Senior Fellow with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center, Halil Karaveli.

24.06.2014

“Successful presidential elections in Afghanistan contributed a positive development to South Asian regional security. Those in India anticipate from the new President effective work towards stabilizing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (IRA). We hope that the new Afghan authorities will find their own way out of the complicated situation that afflicts their country and lessen the influence of the Afghanistan factor on the rest of South Asian security.  Most importantly, we hope that Afghanistan will cease to be a gathering point for terrorists and will begin to conduct peaceful policies”, – Vice President, Observer Research Foundation Nandan Unnikrishnan.  

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